Program & Schedule

The four-day symposium is organized into three sections:

  • Welcome and Opening Plenary Session – (open to all, registration recommended)
    The interactive opening session, led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, covers general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non-scientists, about what you do and why it matters. The plenary will be led by James Rea of the Alda Center in the Eric P. Newman Education Center auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 27.
  • Alan Alda Center Workshop (limited to 32 participants, application required)
    A two-day workshop led by instructors from the Alda Center will be held September 27 and 28. The goal of this workshop is to help participants learn to communicate more effectively about science with people outside their field.
  • Washington University Sessions  – (open to all, registration required)
    Specialists from the Washington University community will provide practical tools and information to improve your science communication skills. Sessions will be held September 26-29 on various topics including grant writing, communicating risk, social media, and much more.

To see the full list of events, click the menus on the left. If you have questions about the program or schedule, please contact Mychal Voorhees at Becker Medical Library at